The Bible, the word of God, does not use one singular method to teach man the truth but many methods.
- The Bible teaches us by words. Rather than giving man a feeling that is subjective, God has given man words that are clear and understandable. In fact we will be held accountable for an eternity by the words of the Bible (John 12:48). It is our duty to understand and apply those words by whatever means necessary. Don’t be afraid to use Bible dictionaries, study books, and critical commentaries to help you deepen your understanding of the word of God.
- The Bible teaches us by facts. God makes known His will through facts presented in clear form. Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God…” is a fact. (1 Corinthians 15:3 “Christ died for our sins” is a fact. The gospel “is the power of God for salvation” is a fact (Romans 1:16). All of the facts of scripture are to be believed.
- The Bible teaches us by commandments. Many of these commands start with “do” or “go” or “be” and so on. As Christians, following the word, we have the God given authority to do whatever is necessary to fulfill these commands. There may well come a time when breaking a law to assemble with the saints is a necessity. We have that authority.
- The Bible teaches us by examples. An example is an action of the early church. We must realize that not every action of the first century church is binding upon us today. That which is binding are those actions supported by a background command. When we see this in the first century church as noted in scripture we must follow both the commandment and the action preformed. A great example of this is the Lord’s Supper. Christians are told to come together on the first day of the week to observe the Lord’s Supper (Acts 29:7). The background commandment supporting this is found in Luke 22:19. here Jesus tells the disciples to “do this in remembrance of Me.” As often as there is a first day of the week, Sunday, we must be meeting to taking the Lord’s Supper.
Next week we will continue to look at how the Bible teaches us today.